Former Scuderia Ferrari driver Jean Alesi backed his old team during the previous Formula 1 season, amid criticism of the Italian outfit and its top driver Sebastian Vettel. The Italian side and Sebastian were taking heat as their 2018 title charge fell apart, but Frenchman Jean Alesi said at that time mistakes are understandable: “Vettel’s mistakes do not happen because he’s bad, but because under certain circumstances it’s very easy to make the wrong choice.
Now the former F1 driver says he would also bet on Scuderia Ferrari ahead of the 2019 season. Jean Alesi, who drove for the Maranello team in the 90s, said the signs from the Barcelona tests were very positive:
“We saw a competitive Ferrari from the first laps and that is worth gold,” the Frenchman told Radio Sportiva. For sure there will be a very strong Mercedes, but Ferrari seems more competitive. Mercedes showed two very different cars in Barcelona and that’s not a good sign because the initial project did not give what they hoped for. Ferrari on the other hand showed up with a very fast car and then worked to develop it further.” – he explained, as reported by the Italian media earlier this week.
Jean Alesi, whose son Giuliano joins Mick Schumacher in the Ferrari ‘academy’ this year, also backs the signing of Charles Leclerc as Sebastian Vettel’s teammate: “I think it is an incentive for Vettel. Leclerc grew up in Ferrari, he knows the team well and has no pressure because just like Mattia Binotto said, he will follow orders and help his teammate. He will not question the number 1 role of Sebastian but they will definitely be very close, which will help the team.” – Jean Alesi concluded.